Listen to live music clips or read more about James' shows at Metropolitan Room.

"On stage, James Hammel is at once completely natural and artfully focused, a rare combination. He gets to the core of each song with easy grace and understated eloquence." Roy Sander, Critic and Columnist (formerly of Back Stage and Citysearch).

James and his scalable band, James Hammel & Friends, is currently booking events and private parties and working on a his next CD.

     
 

Notable Quotables from James' performances:

A COMMUNITY JAZZ FESTIVAL: "James Hammel & Friends were highly professional and played excellent jazz and blues music! We would definitely recommend them to anyone looking to host a relaxing, smooth jazz event!!!" - Sonya C. Williamston, SC

A FESTIVE WEDDING RECEPTION: "Fantastic Band!! James Hammel & Friends played for our wedding reception and we could not have picked a more perfect band for the occasion. They are very talented musicians and were extremely professional throughout the evening. I would highly recommend James Hammel & Friends." - Theodore, Groom, Knoxville, TN

A MAJOR FUNDRAISER: "It was a plesure working with James setting up and suggesting back and forth what we wanted for our annual fundraiser and auction event. Professional all the way and easy to communicate back and forth prior to the event. The music provided was everything we expected and more with attendees into their music while the Taste and Wine event proceeded. No one seemed to want them to stop but in the end the event was over and we all left enjoying the music from that night." -Mark S, Maggie Valley, NC

A COUNTRY CLUB GATHERING:" James was truly professional and our members really loved his music. He communicated in a timely fashion and reached out to confirm the event. We look forward to having him back!" - Liz, Event Planner Asheville. NC

AN ELEGANT PRIVATE PARTY: "James performed solo with his guitar at our party. From the moment the party began to the very end, his music set the ambiance and crooner vibe I was looking for. It really helped create a truly positive and uplifting experience for our guests. A wonderful evening of entertainment. Thank you James!" — - LM

A MEMORIAL SERVICE: "James was wonderful. His voice was great and they did exactly what we needed. It was a hard time but he really made it easier!! BOOK THIS GUY!! You won’t regret it." Katy S. from Asheville, NC

A NC BREWERY: "James Hammel & Friends perform weekly at our brewery and it's been our best day of the week for almost five years! Great voice, guitar playing, and energy. The addition of a variety of excellent musicians and a truly diverse songlist make having James truly wonderful." John G., Asheville, NC

A MAJOR HOTEL AND TOURIST ATTRACTION: "James performs regularly for our customers who visit this hotel and dine here. Without exception, we have heard nothing but wonderful feedback on the quality and diversity of his music." Cora, Asheville, NC

Date
Venue
Performance
Fri 7/19/19

Straightaway Cafe

Black Mountain, NC

6 PM

James Hammel & Friends perform as a trio at this popular Black Mountain family restaurant.
Thurs 6/27/19

Black Mountain Park Rhythms (Lake Tomahawk)

Waynesville, NC

7 PM

James performing with a quartet performing originals, jazz, pop and blues songs at this wonderful outdoor venue overlooking scenic Lake Tomahawk.
Sat 6/1/19

Quickdraw Fundraiser

Waynesville, NC

6 PM

James performing with a trio in support of this popular artists fundraiser and auction.

Sat 6/22/19

Feline Urgent Rescue Fund Raiser

Waynesville, NC

5 PM

James performing solo (guitar and vocals) at this annual fundraiser for helping cats.
Sat 6/15/19

Omni Grove Park Inn (Private Event)

Asheville, NC

6:30 PM

James performing with a trio for this private corporate event.

Sat 6/8/19

Black Mountain Monster Marathon

Black Mountain, NC

1 PM

James Hammel & Friends perform as a quartet at this annual race and fundraiser in Black Mountain.
Sat 6/1/19

WigFEST

Lenoir, NC

2 PM

James performing solo in support of this wonderful street festival and fundraiser.
Sat 6/1/19

Quickdraw Fundraiser

Waynesville, NC

6 PM

James performing with a trio in support of this popular artists fundraiser and auction.
Sat 5/25/19

Private Wedding Event

Asheville

4 PM

James Hammel & Friends perform as a quartet at this wedding reception.
Fri 5/10/19

Harris Teeter

Charlotte, NC

6 PM

James performing as a duo with guitar/vocals and percussionist, Lateris Afferondii.
Fri 5/4/19

Carillon Assisted Living

Huntersville, NC

2:30 PM

James performing solo for jazz enthusiasts at this assisted living facility.
Wed 4/24/19

Richie's Alliance for Autism Fundraiser

Waynesville, NC

6 PM

James Hammel & Friends perform as a quartet at this fundraiser benefiting children with autism.

Sat 4/13/19

Symphony of the Mountains- Gala Fundraiser

Kingsport, TN

6 PM

James Hammel & Friends perform as a quartet at this fundraiser benefiting regional symphonies in the south.
Fri 4/12/19

Straightaway Cafe

Black Mountain, NC

6 PM

James Hammel & Friends perform as a trio at this popular Balck Mountain family restaurant.

Fri 4/5/19

Country Club of Asheville

Asheville, NC

6 PM

James performing solo (guitar and vocals) at this beautfiul country club.

Fri 3/22/19

Omni Grove Park Inn

Asheville, NC

8 PM

Classic Aseville perfromance v enue in the Great Room featuring solo jazz guitar and vocals doing the Great American Songbook, Brazilian jazz, Pop, Blues and Originals. Performing in the Great Room. Featuring saxophonist, Joseph Herbst.
Fri 3/8/19

Harris Teeter

Charlotte, NC

5 PM

James performing as a duo with guitar/vocals and percussionist, Lateris Afferondii.
Sat 1/26/19

Omni Grove Park Inn

Asheville, NC

8 PM

Beautiful downtown Asheville dinner, spa and music venue featuring solo jazz guitar and vocals doing the Great American Songbook, Brazilian jazz, Pop, Blues and Originals. Performing in the Great Room. Featuring saxophonist, Joseph Herbst.

Every Wed and Sometimes Friday's or Saturday's

Lookout Brewing

Black Mountain, NC

6:00 to 8:30 PM

 

James Hammel & Friends have been performing at Lookout Brewing for almost 5 years. This great venue features craft beer tastings and food specials. Kids and dogs love this place. James Hammel & Friends feature jazz, blues, pop and originals. Look for other guest musicians like Lateris Aferondii (African percussion), Matt Kinne (guitar and bass), Paco Shipp (blues harp) and local singer songwriters. Great vibe and wonderful people!
  Notable Past Performances  
 

Biltmore Estate - Antler Village and Village Hotel

Asheville, NC

James performs regularly at this wonderful venue overlooks the beautiful hillside of the amazing Biltmore Estate. It's wonderful to have guests visit and have us perform the songs they love.
 

Omni Grove Park Inn

Asheville, NC

Beautiful downtown Asheville dinner, spa and music venue featuring solo jazz guitar and vocals doing the Great American Songbook, Brazilian jazz, Pop, Blues and Originals. Performing in the Great Room.
 

Envision Williamston Jazz Festival

Williamston, SC

Featuring a Trio (guitar/vox, percussion, sax/clarinet) and playing a concert at the amphitheater.
 

Park Rhythms Series Sponsored By Town of Black Mountain

Black Mountain, NC

Featuring a Quartet (guitar/vox, bass, drums, sax/clarinet) and playing a concert on the stage outdoors at picturesque Lake Tomahawk.
 

The Classic Wine Seller

Waynesville, NC

Band and Solo performances at this wonderful restaurant and wine bar make this a very special place for me. The owners are fabulous too! It's always about weaving through a list of jazz standards, pop, blues, and a few originals too.
 

White Horse

Black Mountain, NC

Great band for this one and a neat venue! Lots of jazz, pop, originals played by some of the best musicians around: Dr. Bill Bares (Piano), Zack Page (Bass), Rick Dilling (Drums) and Patrick Brown (Sax).
 

ISIS Music Hall

West Asheville, NC

 

It's a wonderful jazz venue in Asheville, NC. Players included James Simmons (Bass), Simon George (Piano), Jeff Rudplph (Drums).
  US Open Tennis Championships (multiple performances) Five solo shows at the US Open Tennis Championships in Flushing Meadows, NY!

 

The Bitter End

New York City (multiple performances)

James often featured his original music at this historic pop venue that featured artists like Dylan, Joni Mitchell, The Police and many more artists.

 

The Metropolitan Room

New York City (multiple performances)

This spectacular cabaret room featured James with his band including Daryl Kojak (piano), Dmitri Kolesnik (bass), Cook Broadnax (drums) and Ole Mathisen (sax) performing jazz standards and originals.

Interested in booking an event or private party? James continues to perform at private functions. Please visit our Contact page.

 

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